Israeli stargazers are reeling from the news that the country’s celebrity golden
couple, singer Ninet Tayeb and actor Yehuda Levi, have split up after eight
Tayeb, 29, shot to fame after winning the Israeli version
of American Idol, while Levi, 34, is a regular fixture on Israeli television, as
well as the star of the groundbreaking movie Yossi & Jagger.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, the couple met on set while both were in
The two reportedly tried initially to keep their romance a
secret, amid rumors of infidelity.
Tayeb was at the time starring in
Israeli musical drama TV show Hashir Shelanu (Our Song), and Levi had been
dating her co-star Efrat Boimvald.
Both denied any infidelity had
The couple’s movements are closely scrutinized by gossip
magazines and celebrity spotters alike. Last year the two announced their
engagement, and the country had been anticipating what was being touted as “the
wedding of the year.”
“We took the decision to separate together, with
great love, friendship and understanding,” said a joint statement by the couple.
“Naturally, the coming period will not be easy for us.”
The two have also
requested that their privacy be respected.